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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Three quick reviews

Arbanta Rioja (NV?)

An inexpensive, tank-fermented Tempranillo from Biurko-Gorri, Arbanta is a simple, straightforward Spanish wine with a nose and bright flavors of fresh red cherries. It's an easy drinker, not complicated or complex, that works well either as a sipper or an an accompaniment to tapas or -- what the heck -- a bucket of chicken. About $10.

Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2006

From Marlborough, New Zealand. Dry and crisp, with subdued grapefruit on the nose. Light to medium bodied, well balanced, and not overtly grassy or citrusy. Long, clean finish with no trace of bitterness or sweetness. A nice team player that doesn't try to be the star of the meal. About $13.

Calina Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

From Rapel Valley, Chile. At $7, this is a genuine bargain and a great everyday red. It has that familiar tobacco nose that many Chilean wines have, followed by flavors of dark fruit, coffee and cola. A medium-bodied easy drinker, with barely noticable tannins. Sip it as a cocktail wine, or use it to wash down burgers and other grilled delghts. I really like this one!
M. Zane Grey, 10:16 PM